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Manga Reader, a popular Japanese comic reading app for Windows Phone, has recently turned free – as in completely free with no advertising. Users are able to browse comics from multiple sources and download multiple chapters / titles. It's a full-featured client with favourites, orientation lock for reading in bed and zoom functionality, to name but a few features.
Some feature highlights of Manga Reader:
- Multiple sources of manga series
- Search titles on multiple sources
- Set multiple chapters and title for download
- Pause and resume download
- Streaming of manga to read
- Single or continuous viewer is available
- Pinch and Pan to zoom
- Double touches for quick zoom
- Lock Screen feature to read in bed
- Add manga to favourites and manage it
- Library of manga for downloaded chapters
- Recent list of viewed manga
- Latest update from server as reference for manga update
- Custom background of the application
- Sort chapters in settings
Should you be interested in checking out Manga while on the move, you'll definitely need to have Manga Reader in your app arsenal. The offline viewing functionality gives the app an edge with expanding usage to commuting and when in roaming situations. You can download Manga Reader for free from the Marketplace.
Thanks, Jeremie, for the tip!
Need an avatar creator for your contacts? Take a look at the Windows Phone app WeeMee. WeeMee is another iPhone app that has found its way over to Windows Phone. WeeMee is a rather simple app that provides over 270 customizations to build a cartoon avatar. Once created you can share your avatar on Twitter, Facebook, or save it to your Windows Phone to use as a contact picture.
WeeMee is laid out simple with a Gallery Page that will display your created avatars (and some preloaded avatars) and a What's Hot page where you can find theme downloads as they become available.
You can create an avatar by pressing the "+" sign at the bottom of the Gallery page or from the three-dot menu on the What's Hot page. You choose the gender of the avatar and then use the category menu at the top of the screen to customize the appearance. You have the typical shirt, pants, face, body shape, hair, and shoes categories. You also have accessories and background choices as well. A color palette is just below your choices to fine tune the appearance. The selections are decent but I wish there was a body style that didn't look so frumpy.
When you're done, just hit the save button at the bottom of the screen and your avatar is saved within the WeeMee app.
To share or use the avatar, you'll need to go to the Gallery page, tap on the new avatar to pull it up full screen. From there, tap the three-dot menu to choose between sharing on Facebook or Twitter or saving the avatar to your phone. Once saved to your Windows Phone the avatar will be in your Saved Pictures album in the Pictures Hub where it can be used as a contact picture.
All in all, WeeMee isn't a bad app and gives you the option to add a little uniqueness to your Windows Phone. The downside is that there is no simple way to add the avatar to a contact. The Marketplace description states there is a built-in Address Book feature to make the avatars appear when friends call but that feature isn't present. An in-app feature that allows you to associate an avatar with a contact would be nice and save you some time.
Unfortunately there isn't a free trial for WeeMee to let you try things out before buying. The full version will run you $.99 and you can find WeeMee here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.